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Reconstructing The French Hood

Elizabeth, Lady Audley, by Hans Holbein the YoungerTheories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.

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Katherine of Aragon

1510 dressThere are many Tudor dresses of 1530 and later on the re-enactors' circuit, but few earlier ones. Let's go back to 1510 and do something different!

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Dressing the Tudor Cinderella

Princess Elizabeth from The Family of Henry VIII. c. 1545. Hans HolbeinMaking the entire ensemble for a young Tudor gentry girl (all techniques and patterning can be applied to adult gowns.)

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Tudor Cinderella (2)

Detail of Queen Jane's sleeveMaking a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.

Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.

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Tudor Cinderella (3)

Mistress EttyMistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete.  This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.

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Tudor Cinderella (4)

The finished dressIn this final part of the series, we will complete the skirt to the gown and the hood and see Mistress Etty in her completed gown at Kentwell.

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16th Century Jewelry, I

Queen Eleanor of Austria, 1530, Joos van CleveAccessories take an outfit from costume to clothing. A range of beautiful and authentic jewelry can be made using basic techniques.

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16th Century Jewelry (2)

Detail of carcanetFive simple techniques can make a wide range of jewelry to provide the finishing touch to your Tudor or Renaissance outfit.

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Monochromatic Embroidery

Detail Elizabeth I wearing a gown with blackworked sleeves and stomacher, 1590Monochromatic Embroidery is an umbrella term used to describe a type of embellishment popular during the 16th Century.

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The La Maupin Mantua

SquarepicMantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.

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16th and 17th c. Strap-work

icon free smStrap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.

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17th Century Makeup

SquarepicPeriod makeup is probably the most overlooked part in a re-enactors outfit, but Elisa walks us through the process for the mid-17th century.

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